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Warblers at Ledford House

Tim Bray
 

4 September 2021 - This morning in spite of the dense fog we found some birds around the small pond at the Ledford House. Two Common Yellowthroats, one Wilson's Warbler, and one "difficult Fall warbler" that I could not identify. It appeared olive-backed (but the fog and gray light may have affected that) and yellow underneath, with a very prominent eye-ring. There was a hint of streaks on its chest. I couldn't see the undertail pattern. Kind of like an Orange-crowned with a big eye-ring and no eye-line... which doesn't really match up with anything in my books. It didn't give me very good looks as it foraged in some willows, into which it quickly disappeared.

Also present were two (2) Willow Flycatchers, about 20 American Goldfinches and at least one Lesser Goldfinch, and one bright and crisp Savannah Sparrow. For a small pond it was a happening place.


No Ruff-it’s a Pec

Roger Adamson
 

The sandpiper in the Caspar pond is a Pectoral, not a Ruff. Sorry for the wrong report. After checking my photos more carefully I see it is a Pectoral Sandpiper. Ouch!

RHA


Ruff Caspar Pond

Roger Adamson
 

Aug 30
Chris Lamoreux found a juvenile Ruff at the Caspar Pond on Fern Creek Road today. Still there at 4:45.

Roger Adamson
For Chris


Re: Long billed thrasher in Upper Lake

Dave Bengston
 

Lynne,

Long-billed Thrasher would be a mega-rarity in Lake or Mendo.  Yes, we do have a similar common bird in Lake and Mendo.  It is the California Thrasher common in much of California.  We have it in Cow Mt. In Mendo and Lake and I have seen the Thrasher in Lake over by Clear Lake SP and in through Scott’s Valley, and south of Blue Lakes. Some of the folks in Lake County can give you much more information on locations in Lake.

Thank you for reporting it!

Dave Bengston
Peregrine Audubon Society
Ukiah, CA

On Aug 29, 2021, at 7:36 PM, karydairy <lynne@...> wrote:

Hi Mendo birders,
 I moved from Redwood Valley to Upper Lake, in Lake County.
I was surprised to see a long billed trasher here today.It was drinking from a leak at a water faucet on our farm in the hills.
Is there a similar group as mendo birds in Lake County. ?
Thank-you
Lynne


pale/leucistic Black Oystercatcher still at Mendocino Headlands

Shannon Underhill
 

I'm not sure if a light gray Black Oystercatcher counts as leucistic or not, but it's still on the offshore rock at the Mendocino Headlands. It appears to have a healthy set of feathers at the moment. See attached pictures of the resting bird. 

Also, I briefly saw a pair of Western Kingbirds on a path nearby--unfortunately, I didn't have my camera at the time. 

Best,

Shannon Underhill



Long billed thrasher in Upper Lake

karydairy
 

Hi Mendo birders,
 I moved from Redwood Valley to Upper Lake, in Lake County.
I was surprised to see a long billed trasher here today.It was drinking from a leak at a water faucet on our farm in the hills.
Is there a similar group as mendo birds in Lake County. ?
Thank-you
Lynne


tiny hummingbird

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

Hi, all!

There has been for the last two days, a super tiny hummingbird at my
feeders, being chased off by an adult male Anna's. So far I haven't been
able to get photos but the little one was back just a few moments ago,
affording some OK looks but still no photo because it's too dark... but I
think it might be a Calliope. I am hoping to stage up tomorrow sometime for
a photo...

Lisa D Walker-Roseman, Fort Bragg-Cleone


Chipping Sparrows, Albion

Tim Bray
 

27 August 2021 - Three Chipping Sparrows visited our pond at lunchtime, got drinks and left. Two were still in juvenile plumage and one was a match for first-winter.
This is the second time I've seen CHSP at our little backyard pond.


8 Ruddy Turnstones, 23 Marbled Godwits Ward Ave

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

A I was meandering up the beach from Ward Ave, I spotted five Ruddy
Turnstones. They headed north along the shore and landed with two more
Ruddy Turnstones.... I got the 8th one on my return walk - it was hanging
out with a Black Turnstone on some rocks not far from the end of the
parking lot trail - sort of between that steep trail and the tunnel. 20
Marbled Godwits were foraging just south of the first large outlet creek
(which is dry), and three more were foraging closest to the end of the
parking lot steep trail. I also saw a Baird's Sandpiper foraging with two
Red-necked Phalaropes on the beach.

There were several Western and Least Sandpipers and a few juvenile
Sanderlings along with adults molting out of their breeding plumage

Ever-present were Common Ravens, Western Gulls, California Gulls, Black
Oystercatchers, and Brown Pelicans diving just offshore.

Conspicuously absent were larger numbers of Black Turnstones and not a
single Wandering Tattler or Surfbird.

Either way, the shorebird migration is on.

The other day at Virgin Creek, I found a single Semipalmated Sandpiper.

Happy Birding!

Feather


Caspar Pond and other coastal spots

Tim Bray
 

26 August 2021 - The Caspar Pond was buzzing with activity today.  About 14 Red-necked Phalaropes - a mix of juveniles, partially-molted males, and some adults in winter plumage - were flying actively around the pond, along with some Barn Swallows and at least one Tree Swallow. The Phalaropes were flying around so much I called them Swallaropes.
A Willow Flycatcher was foraging in and from a Wax Myrtle between the road and the pond.
Three (at least) Cedar Waxwings were sallying out from the Wax Myrtles on the east side of the pond.
Two Yellow Warblers - first I've seen this fall - were foraging in the willows on the far (north) side. Difficult to see clearly even with a scope as the wind was beginning to move air, but with a lot of staring I was able to rule out the other bright yellow warbler species.
Things got a lot quieter when a hatch-year Sharp-shinned Hawk zipped in and made a futile pass at either a Phalarope or a Barn Swallow (probably the latter).

Off the Pomo Bluffs there was a fairly large mixed flock of Gulls, Pelicans, and Murres feeding on a school of baitfish a few hundred yards offshore. At one point a Sooty Shearwater soared in to check out the scene before heading back out to sea. The Murres included several apparent juveniles that have already learned to dive - unless they were actually Scripps's Murrelets, which would be very unusual this close to shore. Difficult to be certain as the sea was choppy and the wind was making the air shimmer.

Yesterday in the Navarro River estuary there were three brown Wood Ducks, four brown Green-winged Teal, several brown probable-Pintails, and a bunch of brown probable-Mallards. Yes, it's Brown Duck Season.

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Caspar Pond Phalaropes

Jessica Morton
 

Seen Friday around 1:45 at Caspar Pond, 2 non-breeding/juvenile Red-Necked Phalarope zipping around at the east edge of the pond.
(Seven others were seen at Pudding Creek beach inlet this past Wednesday afternoon).


Re: Hooded Merganser, juvenile

Shannon Underhill
 

Hi,

I can’t answer your general question, but I saw a Hooded Merganser juvenile at Ten Mile and a week later at Virgin Creek. That was about one month ago.

Shannon Underhill

Two Bears Remodeling LLC
707-357-7044

On Aug 19, 2021, at 9:29 AM, Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) <feather@mcn.org> wrote:

Hi, all... do we know what the breeding status is for Hooded Mergansers on
the Mendocino coast? I found a juvenile on Ten Mile River yesterday
morning, so was curious.....

Lisa D Walker-Roseman, Fort Bragg-Cleone





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Hooded Merganser, juvenile

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

Hi, all... do we know what the breeding status is for Hooded Mergansers on
the Mendocino coast? I found a juvenile on Ten Mile River yesterday
morning, so was curious.....

Lisa D Walker-Roseman, Fort Bragg-Cleone


Afternoon Pelagic fully booked

Tim Bray
 

The August 29 afternoon pelagic birding trip is now fully subscribed and there are no more spaces available.

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Avian diversity at the Gardens

Tim Bray
 

18 August 2021 - On the "Earlybird" walk at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens we found a Willow Flycatcher and no less than three (3) Hooded Orioles.

Seawatching was interesting as well. There was a nearly continuous flight of Brown Pelicans heading north - at least 200 went by while we were there - along with hundreds of Gulls (mostly Western, many California, a few Heermann's and at least one Glaucous-winged). Tess saw a small flock of Whimbrel - also flying north, oddly enough. (What's going on up north?)  Farther out, we could see large numbers of Sooty Shearwaters and at least one Pink-footed Shearwater foraging in all directions.

Diversity was unusually high - we tallied 59 species. All in all it was an exceptionally good morning, especially for August.


eBird Checklist, Virgin Creek Beach

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

Here it is.... the photos are a bit dark due to lighting conditions....

https://ebird.org/checklist/S93175691

Lisa D Walker-Roseman,
Fort Bragg-Cleone


Black-necked Stilts, Virgin Creek Beach

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

Hi all,

I have been gone almost a year but am back now. I decided to check out
Virgin Creek Beach this morning and found two Black-necked Stilts foraging
in the creek on both sides of the bridge.

On the beach were Western and Least Sandpipers, a single Baird's
Sandpiper, countless Western and California Gulls, and a single Bonaparte's
Gull.

I will be posting an eBird list with photos later

Lisa D Walker-Roseman,
Fort Bragg-Cleone


Half-day Pelagic, Aug. 29

Tim Bray
 

We have arranged with Anchor Charters for an afternoon of seabirding aboard the Kraken out of Noyo Harbor. The trip will be Sunday August 29, departing at 1:00 pm and returning about 6 PM. Cost is $80 per person, payable by cash or check to Anchor Charters. For reservations, mail a check (made out to "Anchor Charters") to me at PO Box 873, Albion, CA 95410.  Capacity is limited and these trips often sell out well in advance, so don't wait. If the trip is canceled, your check will be returned or destroyed.

Deep marine canyons, easily reached in less than an hour on the Kraken, give us a chance to see many pelagic species that are usually found farther offshore. Expected birds include Northern Fulmar, several species of Shearwater, Black-footed Albatross, and Cassin's Auklets, in addition to nearshore marine birds such as Rhinoceros Auklet. Sabine's Gull and Arctic Tern are possible, and if we get lucky, Jaegers or Storm-petrels could show up. Marine mammals are also likely, including Pacific White-sided Dolphin and Humpback Whale. A trip out over the Noyo Canyon is always exciting because you never know what you'll find.


Pelican feeding frenzy

marg Duncan
 

Near N end of haul road on 8/5.  Some had already left by the time I shot this.


Solitary Sandpiper in Willits

Mike Curry
 

August 4, 2021
Willits Skate Park ponds Solitary Sandpiper

Dear fellow birders,
This morning, my daughter and I found a Solitary Sandpiper at the old wastewater ponds north of the skate park in Willits.  It was foraging along the north end of the north pond along with blackbirds and robins.  Look for bird similar to Spotted Sandpiper, but with notable white eyering.  Some poor pictures at https://ebird.org/checklist/S92761238.

Good birding!
Mike Curry
Willits, CA

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